One of the first revivals in our 2021 ‘Archive Series’, we’ve gone to town referencing the original details with adidas to create these two navy iterations inspired by the archival OG.
A lot of the time, when we dream about bringing back a silhouette from adidas’ archive, it’s just not possible. Either the moulds and lasts for the shoes no longer exist, or the materials aren’t readily available – that’s why we created our ‘The Lost Ones’ series last year. So you can only imagine the look on our faces when we go the green-light on one of the grails, the AS 230 – and what’s more, it’s exclusive to size?.
A quick history lesson: adidas Originals’ AS series – an abbreviation of adidas – was introduced in the 1980s. Each pair boasted an individual number to correspond to each style, and for the most part, they were slightly tweaked redesigns of pre-existing adidas models – the AS 500 worked upon adidas’ Milano for example. The models were typically only available to the Japanese market as part of the country’s promotional “Adidas Club” pack; although some pairs made their way onto European shelves, the majority remained elusive.
The AS 230 has been one of those elusive pairs for over 40 years. Design-wise, it incorporates elements of adidas’ Samba and Universal silhouettes, and for our duo of releases, we’ve taken it back to basics, not messed with the original, and brought it back in its famed navy blue makeups.
Plush navy-hued suede, contrasting stitching, gold foil lettering, light blue leather applications for one pair and yellow for the other, and of course a gum sole. As a nod to the country that made the pair made its debut, we’ve printed the footbeds with decorative Japanese text for a finishing touch – yes, it’s a beauty.
Enter the raffle for the adidas Originals AS 230 via the size? launches app now. They’re priced at £75 and available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Good luck!